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January 5, 2017
How to move a folder or file in Finder

For those users who have transitioned from the PC to a Mac, you may have noticed that when you use Finder, even though there is an option to “Cut” a file located in the Edit menu, it is never available. Mac does offer a way to easily move your things around in Finder.

Open Finder and highlight a folder or file. Go to the menu bar at the top and select Edit and then select Copy. You can also press at the same time, control and C. Don’t worry, this will work even though you select Copy. Now, go to the location where you want to move this file and instead of using the menu above, you need to press on your keyboard: option + command + v at the same time. You will see the file move to its new location.

There is some logic to this in that when you select Cut on a PC, and then get sidetracked and you cut something else before pasting the previous file, you will lose the previous information that was stored in the clipboard.

You are less likely to accidentally move things on a Mac, but if you do, if you haven’t performed any other functions, you can easily go to the Edit menu and select “Undo Move of” and it will move the folder or file back to its previous location.

For 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at

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